Manchester United have run out of time to register Casemiro so that he would be eligible to face Liverpool on Monday night. The Brazilian star is set for a move to the Red Devils from Real Madrid after the clubs agreed a £60m fee for the 30-year-old. However, he will not make his United bow against their fierce rivals, with Premier League rules stating that for players to play in the top flight for the upcoming weekend, they have to be registered by midday on Friday. The 21-year-old had been hoping to push his way into the Red Devils first team this season, but despite their clear struggles, he appears to be out of manager Erik ten Hag’s plans. After spending last season on loan at Nottingham Forest it was thought he might head out on a short-term deal again, but United have decided to cash in on the young talet, wanting around £15-£20m for his signature.
This has alerted the attention of plenty of clubs, including Forest who were thought to be in a strong position to get their man after he played for them 49 times in their promotion season to the Premier League. However, the Manchester Evening News reports that it is the Saints at the front of the queue for the England Under-21 international, with the likes of Tottenham, and Everton also showing an interest. Southampton have been developing a reputation for picking up talented young players from bigger Premier League sides and giving them a direct path into the first team. Kyle Walker-Peters from Tottenham, Tino Livramento from Chelsea and now Romeo Lavia from Manchester City are all examples of this policy and now they hope to make Garner the latest on this list. Conservative leadership candidate Rishi Sunak has put his ‘Southampton fan’ credentials in jeopardy ahead of this afternoon’s game against Leicester City after a slip-up in a speech this week.
Sunak, who was born in Southampton, has claimed in the past that Matt Le Tissier is his favourite player and that he is a “massive football fan” but that didn’t stop him from making a gaffe when asked about the Saints this week at an event in Manchester. It’s been said that his father Yashvir had a season ticket to watch the Saints and Sunak has previously said that for his 18th birthday, he was given a card signed by the whole squad, which then became “one of his most prized possessions”. When asked how he’d get the Saints back to winning ways starting this weekend following a terrible run of games stretching back to the end of last season, Sunak replied: Of course, Southampton are not playing Manchester United this weekend but face the Foxes at the King Power Stadium this afternoon. The Saints do play Erik ten Hag’s men next weekend but the gaffe will remain on Sunak’s record going forward in the leadership contest to become the next Prime Minister.
But none are willing to meet the £14million price-tag the Red Devils have slapped on the midfielder, who has been loaned out three times. James Garner is free to leave Manchester United – at the right price Erik ten Hag’s club are willing to let him go despite turning down previous offers this summer with Aston Villa and Newcastle also interested. Garner has featured just twice in the Prem for Manchester United – both as a substitute and with the most recent coming during the 2019-20 season. In total he’s made seven appearances. He went on loan to Watford for the first half of the 2020-21 season, where he made 20 appearances in the Championship. Manchester United hosted Southampton on Saturday at Old Trafford and a physical, back-and-forth match ensued. Already six spots above the Red Devils in the English Premier League table when the day began, the Saints were able to score a late equalizer from defender Dejan Lovren and earn a 1-1 draw at full time.
The match featured five yellow cards and 30 combined fouls and each team peppered the goal with shots from all over the pitch. But it was Southampton who looked like the stronger side throughout and they will go home with the road draw because of it. The EPL’s official Twitter account had this post as things went final at Old Trafford: Live Football added this tweet with an accompanying picture many United fans can relate to: While David Moyes’ outfit have had a rough start to the season, Saturday’s match was the latest chance to start climbing back up the table. But United knew they were going to be in for a tough go against Southampton, who came into the match in fourth place in the EPL table with 14 points. The Red Devils started the day with 10 points and the No. 10 position in the league. Additionally, Southampton have been one of the strongest defensive outfits throughout the 2013-14 campaign. The Saints had not yielded a goal in their last four matches before Saturday’s trip to Old Trafford.
United got themselves on the board in the 26th minute, when Wayne Rooney missed a one-on-one chance to find the back of the net past Artur Boruc. Van Persie was there to clean up his mess and the Red Devils took a 1-0 lead. Not everyone was ecstatic about the goal, including English commentator Richard Keys, who felt Rooney was offside on the pass he received from Adnan Januzaj before the initial shot: But the official allowed play to continue, and United had no problem with that decision. Moving toward halftime, both teams were aggressive in trying to add digits to the scoreboard, but they were unable to do so before added time ended after 45 minutes. Paddy Power wasn’t so sure the Saints could find the necessary cohesion to find an equalizer: The return trip to the pitch yielded no scoring in the first part of the second half, but it did yield a number of hard challenges by various players in each lineup.
Januzaj, who earlier in the day signed a five-year contract to stay at Old Trafford, as reported by BBC Sport, wasn’t able to provide the scoring spark he did in his first start for the Red Devils, but he showed effective pace and had chances to contribute. That shot not withstanding, the rest of the second half was all Southampton. Pablo Osvaldo was very effective at putting himself in position to score goals; he had three strong chances to score down the stretch and showed his teammates that United’s defense was vulnerable as the match wore on. A late corner managed to showcase that theory even more. Lovren was among those scrumming for position in the box as the ball came in, and his header past David de Gea in the 89th minute was the defining moment for the Saints, who put together another strong effort in all phases of play. Fox Soccer Trax had this tweet with information from the equalizing moment: The Saints now have 15 points in the EPL table and are on track to contend for a Champions League bid if their defense continues to stay in good form. Manchester United missed a huge opportunity to pick up three points and fell apart late at home.
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NAME: Southampton – Manchester United
DATE: 27 Aug 2022
TIME: 11:30 UTC
VENUE: St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton, England